Animax Designs is growing and we are seeking inspired, motivated individuals to join our team. Experience is the key!
Position Title: 3D Modeler/Character Artist
As a 3D Modeler/Character Artist, attention to what brings characters to life should both guide and influence your approach to our unique animation and design challenges. As part of our in-house creative team and supervised by Animax’s Creative Director, you will help turn beloved characters into real life figures. The ideal candidate will be creative and detail-oriented, excel at problem spotting and problem solving, and have an ability to quickly and effectively translate critiques into solutions in a fast-paced environment. Our unique workflow requires team members who can effectively navigate through multiple disciplines, from digital design, rigging, and animation to mechanical integration, 3D printing, and soft goods fabrication.
Work with Creative Director, surface modelers, mechanical designers, and other team leads to develop useable assets at all stages, from early concept work to final production parts
Translate digital assets provided by outside sources into workable models, including (but not limited to) retopologizing, rigging, texturing, and posing
Animate characters by making solid creative choices for physical movement on limited axes and at limited speeds
Create animatics and other media for internal review and client submittals
Collaborate with mechanical designers, controls engineers, sculptors/moldmakers, assembly technicians, and others to ensure creative intent is being maintained throughout project life
Produce and provide digital movement data to controls engineers and troubleshoot discrepancies
Digitally sculpt characters when there is no preexisting model
Help produce documentation as needed for various internal and external deliverables
Help design and produce 3D prints
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proficiency with Maya & ZBrush required
Proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects) preferred
Experience with SolidWorks or other CAD modeling software a major plus
Experience with 3D printing a plus
Ability to create clean and organized character topology
Knowledge of Maya rigging, skin weighting, and constraint systems and ability to create clean hierarchies
Ability to pose & sculpt characters
Knowledge of UV creation and layout methodology, with working knowledge of texture creation and shader types
Strong knowledge of animation principles with a focus on real world performance limitations
Flexible and adaptive to multiple modeling practices
Ability to repurpose high-resolution sculptures into usable polygonal and CAD based models
Ability/desire to quickly learn new software and develop tools to enhance workflow
Motivated team player that can work quickly in a deadline-driven environment with minimal direction
Willingness and ability to accept multiple rounds of critique and edits quickly and with a good attitude
Organized team player with good communication and time management skills
5+ years of relevant experience as a character artist, 3D modeler, or character animator.
Animax Designs offers a competitive compensation package to include: employee’s health insurance, dental, vision, 401k, and vacation. Animax offers an employee friendly environment that supports work life balance. Animax is an equal opportunity employer. Please email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or fax to 615.622.5701. For questions, please contact HR at 615.889.1248.